By bringing in numerous loads of top soil, hummus and manure, avid gardener, James Baird, transformed the Cottage’s back yard from a rocky slope into his much-admired garden.

He ordered seeds for his beloved primroses from England and started them in flats, by the hundreds, on the rear sun porch, later transplanting them in the garden among the daffodils.  A 1950s newspaper article describes James’ garden as “one of the most gorgeous floral pictures” with “no less than 1,000 primroses of all colours imaginable”.

On the east side of the Cottage, the garden originally extended to the Grand River before flood-protection berms were constructed following the devastating flood of the river in 1974.